City of Morenci looking for new zoning administrator 8.12.09

Written by David Green.

Following the death of Jack Baird, the city is in need of a new residential zoning administrator.

Keith Pennington, chair of city council’s Legal and Finance committee, suggested at Monday’s council meeting that building inspector Kevin Arquette or industrial/commercial inspector Jacob Barnes might be interested in seeking the job. Arquette answered that he would consider the job.

Mayor Doug Erskin suggested first advertising for the position and council voted unanimously to place an advertisement in the Observer.

FESTIVAL—City treasurer Stephanie Mossing gave council a financial report on the Town and Country Festival.

Revenue came in at $21,000—plus some additional funds coming from the Eagles club from the beer tent—and expenses were about $14,000.

“The problem,” Mossing said, “is that we had a deficit from last year.”

Mossing predicted the deficit would likely be cut considerably with the Eagles money, remaining at less than $2,000.

The committee lost money due to the wrestling shows, Deatrick said.

Pennington thanked the committee members and other volunteers for their hard work, and he also praised Joe Farquhar for his fund-raising for the fireworks.

Councilor Greg Braun added that he heard from Lenawee REACT—a volunteer group that helps with security—with praise for the committee.

SOUTH PARK—Betty Yenor discussed the situation at Stephenson Park and young people who stay in the park “at all hours of the night.”

Police chief Larry Weeks said it’s a challenging situation for his officers because it’s easy to hide behind trees in the park.

He said there are six to 10 teen-age children who are repeat problems and the issue is not being addressed by their parents.

He will be checking with the city attorney to see if documented repeat offenders can be barred from using the park.

He urged people to call 911 to report problems.

“That’s what it’s for,” he said. “You might as well get your money’s worth.”

SHELTERS—Council voted to accept a bid from Martinez and Petry to reroof the two Wakefield Park shelter houses on the east side of the park. Their low bid came in at $5,042. Six bids were submitted.

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    Water Fun—Carter Seitz and Colson Walter take a fast trip along a plastic sliding strip while water from a sprinkler provides the lubrication. The boys took a break from tie-dyeing last week at Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program to cool off in the water.
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    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
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    LATEST CRAZE—David Cortes (left) and Ty Kruse, along with Jerred Heselschwerdt (standing), consult their smartphones while engaging in the game of Pokémon Go. The virtual scavenger hunt comes to life when players are in the vicinity of gyms, such as Stair District Library, and PokéStops such as the fire station across the street. The boys had spent time Monday morning searching for Pokémon at Wakefield Park.
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    on your mark, get set, drum!—Drew Joughin (black shirt), Maddox Joughin and Kaleea Braun took the front row last week when Angela Rettle and assistants led the Stair District Library Summer Reading Program kids in a session of cardio drumming. The sports and healthy living theme continued yesterday with a Mini Jamboree at Lake Hudson State Park arranged by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Next week’s program features the Flying Aces Frisbee show.
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    NADIYA YORK and Aniston Valentine take a spin on the Casino, one of the rides offered at Wakefield Park during Morenci’s Town and Country Festival. This year’s festival remained dry but with plenty of heat during the three-day run. Additional photographs are inside this week’s Observer.
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    Angela Davis (2) and teammate Allison VanBrandt break into a jig after Morenci's softball team won its third consecutive regional title.
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    ART PARK—A design created by Poggemeyer Design Group shows a “pocket art park” in the green space south of the State Line Observer building. The proposal includes a 12-foot sculpture based on a design created by Morenci sixth grade student Klara Wesley through a school and library collaboration. A wooden band shell is located at the back of the lot. The Observer wall would be covered with a synthetic stucco material. City council members are considering ways to fund the estimated $125,000 project and perhaps tackling construction one step at a time.
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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks
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    LEONIE LEAHY was one of three local hair stylists who volunteered time Friday at the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Her customer, Aubrey Sandusky, looks up at her mother while her hair takes on a perfect match to her outfit. Leahy said she had a great time at the event—nothing but happy clients.
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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.

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